Alabama Man Says He’s a Victim of Vicious Gay-Related Assault
A man from Birmingham, Ala., says he was beaten on his way to run errands because he is gay.
Richie Covington, who considers himself a gay, gender non-conforming man, was on his way to a pick up groceries for himself and his mother when he said an unknown man physically and verbally assaulted him in front of a gas station.
"While walking by, this guy yelled something to me, not realizing I was a guy at first," Covington said. "When I turned around and spoke back to him and he realized I was a guy, he was like, ’Oh my God, you’re a faggot!’"
Covington went on to say that he has endured such incidents in the past. but he usually ignores the people who might insult him or hurl anti-gay slurs. This time, however, he decided he had had enough.
He made the decision to stand up for himself and told the man, "Damn right I’m a fag, what of it?" Covington continued to walk. He says he never looked or made eye contact with the alleged attacker. But soon after the verbal exchange,, Covington says, he heard the man screaming behind him, "Hey faggot."
"Not really thinking about it I turned around and he first punched me in the stomach and knocked the wind out of me," Covington related. "When I doubled over, all of a sudden my vision went black and I was seeing stars. He had punched directly in the nose."
Covington fell to the ground and the man allegedly kicked him before Covington finally blacked out. When he came to, he discovered that the attacker, who has not been apprehended, had stolen all of the money from his wallet.